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Bike, Hike, Culture & Adventure Tours of New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment

Bike, Hike, Culture & Adventure Tours of New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment

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Cycling & Walking Tours of Santa Fe, Taos & Beyond

new mexico bike tour GFAThere are some places in this world that seem invariably to speak to a person’s soul. Northern New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment is one. The best way to attempt to grasp the region’s enchanting spell is to get outside and go right into the scenes.

Bike, walk and adventure tour with Great Freedom Adventures across New Mexico’s mesas, plains, canyons and rivers. Travel high-desert landscapes where stark plateaus of sagebrush and Pinyon Pines are framed by snow-covered mountain peaks.

On this exciting adventure vacation, walk trails between 90’ tall hoodoos and look up to see cobalt blue skies brilliant against the white rock. See ancient adobe structures and watch as the walls shift color with the changing light. View astounding, nearly 900 year-old cliff dwellings and then climb right into them!

Lifelong Northern New Mexico residents expertly guide guests on this wondrous journey bringing to life the region’s enchanting mystic. Their passion and appreciation of New Mexico’s rich cultural heritage, breathtaking natural wonders and inspiring native people transforms a mere trip into an extraordinary experience.

On the New Mexico Bike, Hike, Culture & Adventure Tour visit the largest, continuously inhabited pueblo with a resident Taos Indian. Bike two of the most iconic and beautiful routes in the state. Raft down the Rio Grande with a Pueblo Indian Guide. Watch a weaving demonstration by a renowned 9th generation weaver. View scenes that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams and countless other artists. See exquisite contemporary artwork of all kinds in the numerous galleries.

Taste heirloom chili peppers, chocolate elixirs and exceptional southwestern fare at the region’s best restaurants. Stay at luxury inns and resorts authentic to their surroundings. After just six days, there is no doubt that New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment will have captured both heart and soul.

Tour Highlights:

  • Hike trails at New Mexico’s Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Santa Fe
  • Visit the fine art galleries on renowned Canyon Road
  • Walk trails at New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument and view ancient cliff dwellings and adobe Talus Homes
  • See a weaving demonstration by a renowned weaver
  • Visit Santuario de Chimayo, an adobe chapel and contemporary pilgrimage site
  • Bike New Mexico’s stunning High Road to Taos
  • Hear live, local music
  • Tour 1,000 year-old Taos Pueblo
  • Raft the Rio Grande
  • Bike New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle, a National Forest Scenic Byway
  • Enjoy a private studio tour with a nationally renowned ceramic artist
  • Walk a plateau looking down on New Mexico’s spectacular Rio Grande Gorge
  • Visit Georgia O’Keeffe’s studio and home
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    Day 1

    new mexico hiking walking tour Great Freedom AdventuresThe New Mexico adventure vacation begins with a morning exploration of Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Here, volcanic eruptions and geologic processes have created an otherworldly landscape of hoodoos - cone-shaped tent rocks with enormous boulders balanced like hats atop their heads. Hike a trail that meanders between these tall spires, some as high as 90’, and pass beneath arches of golden sandstone. As the trail gains elevation, view these fantastic rock formations from above, with dramatic, long-range views of the Sandia Mountains, the Sangre de Cristos Mountains and the Jemez Mountain ranges as the backdrop. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch under a shaded canopy below these mysterious hoodoos. After, take a walking tour of Santa Fe, exploring the highlights of the City Different. Established in 1607, the high-desert town of Santa Fe is the United States’ second oldest city founded by European colonists. Experience the mystery of Loretto Chapel and the living market under the Palace of the Governors’ portal. Explore Canyon Road, with more fine art galleries, studios and sculpture gardens in one mile than any other place on earth. Visit a special chocolate house and indulge in sweets and drinking chocolates made using an ancient recipe of chocolate elixirs. Enjoy dinner together at one of Santa Fe’s best restaurants featuring superb Northern New Mexican cuisine. Walking Mileage: ~ 4-5
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    Day 2

    new mexico walking tourAfter breakfast, discover the Pajarito Plateau where Bandelier National Monument tells an ancient story starting in 1150 A.D. Walk atop the mesa with far-reaching views of the surrounding Jemez Mountains, descending gradually to the valley floor. Discover ancestral pueblo dwellings called Talus Homes, adobe-style structures built into the steep-walled canyons. Just as ancient Anasazi peoples did, climb ladders and enter the cavates, small rooms carved into the cliffs. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch alongside Frijoles Creek beneath the shade of Cottonwood Trees. After, adventurous hikers may opt to explore a different section of the park. Hike along a mesa, on the same trails used by ancient dwellers, viewing cavates, cave dwellings and petroglyphs. An ancestral pueblo village lies at the top of the mesa and offers incredible views. Back in Santa Fe, enjoy time to sightsee or shop in the many unique shops and art galleries. At dinner, savor fine Spanish cuisine in a top restaurant in Santa Fe’s historic district. Walking Mileage: 3-6
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    Day 3

    Enjoy some huevos rancheros with salsa fresca and more to start the day. Then depart Santa Fe for the Spanish colonial town of Chimayo, set in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The region has long been known for exceptional weavers and you will enjoy a looming demonstration at the workshop of one of the best-known weavers and a friend of your guides’. Here, nine generations of traditional weavers have produced beautiful Chimayo style rugs and more. Visit the National Historic Landmark of Santuario de Chimayo, an adobe chapel dating to the early nineteenth century and an important contemporary pilgrimage site. Often called the “Lourdes of the US,” the shrine contains “holy dirt” believed by many to possess curative powers. After lunch, hop on your bicycle and pedal north on the historic High Road to Taos, enjoying dramatic views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, high desert, forests of pinyon and juniper and small farms. Travel through remote mountain villages that tell the story of their Spanish colonial roots in their art and architecture. Your guide knows many of the local artists and may introduce you to some along the way. Arrive at the luxurious El Monte Sagrado Resort and relax before a delicious dinner together. After, you may walk to town to enjoy live music. Walking Mileage: ~ .5 Biking Mileage: 25, 36 or 47
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    Day 4

    new mexico hikingAfter a fortifying breakfast at the resort, travel to Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for nearly 1000 years and comprise the largest of the pueblos still in existence. Meet Native American Puebloan people who live in the village and hear stories of their Taos Indian ancestors. Learn the origin of the name Taos, meaning “Red Willow” in the native Tiwa language. After, travel to the site of a memorial unique in the country and view this dramatic and moving structure. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a tranquil setting surrounded by rose-colored mesas and the forested Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Then, hop on your bike to pedal part of the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, one of New Mexico’s most iconic routes. Avid cyclists may opt to bike the entire Enchanted Circle, an epic 84-mile ride with 5,760’ of elevation gain. Discover landscapes radiant with saturated light and understand the lure for artists and photographers worldwide. Travel past open valleys dressed in wildflowers, lakes reflecting the cobalt skies and forests capped by rugged mountain peaks. Mt Wheeler, New Mexico’s tallest mountain, stands sentinel at 13,159’. Finish with a fun downhill into a historic mining town. This evening, dine at the restaurant of your choice in Taos. Your guides will be happy to recommend options among the excellent choices. Walking Mileage: ~ 1 Biking Mileage: 26, 38 or 84
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    Day 5

    new mexico cultural adventureEnjoy breakfast at the resort. Today you may opt for a rest day to enjoy El Monte Sagrado’s spa and other amenities or to further explore the town of Taos. Those ready for more adventure will travel first to San Francisco de Asis church. For over 200 years, the smooth adobe, sculptural buttresses and serene interior of this church have inspired both worshipers and artists, the latter including Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams. After, travel to the Rio Grande to float a tranquil section of the river, watching for big-horned sheep along the way. An interpretive guide shares Pueblo history and lore providing an intimate glimpse of an ancient culture in ancestral lands along the rift. After, enjoy lunch at a nearby winery. View the Rio Grande from above while walking a flat trail along the top of the plateau affording breathtaking views of the 800’ deep gorge and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. View 500 year-old pinyons and junipers and watch for red-tailed hawks, prairie dogs and mule deer. The snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range frames the views to the east. On the return to Taos, stop at a quaint village known for exceptional art galleries, fine hand-made jewelry shops and a historic mission church. Enjoy a private studio tour with a nationally renowned ceramic artist. Return to Taos and enjoy dinner together at a top Taos restaurant. Walking Mileage: ~ 1.5
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    Day 6

    After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s studio and home. Known for her boldly innovative art, O’Keeffe is one of the most important and intriguing artists of the twentieth century. In 1929 she made the first of many trips to northern New Mexico until moving there permanently. The stark landscape, unique regional adobe architecture and ever-changing light inspired O’Keeffe to seek to portray the beauty of the high desert terrain through vivid, simplified paintings. Walk trails through the very landscapes that inspired her work. After the tour, travel back to Santa Fe for some last shopping and goodbyes. Without question, it will be very hard to leave the soul-soothing Land of Enchantment. Walking Mileage: ~ 1 Please Contact Us for the detailed itinerary and arrival and departure information. Note: Non-cycling guests are welcome to join the tour and may ride in the van for the two cycling portions. All guests will be able to see the same sights.

    Hotel St. Francis, Santa FeHotel St. Francis, Santa Fe – 2 nights Indulge in luxury in Santa Fe’s most historic hotel. This serene boutique hotel dates from the 19th century and features historically accurate architectural design elements. Rooms offer a soothing, elegant décor with furnishings hand crafted by talented local artisans. Enjoy a drink at the hotel’s award-winning Secreto Lounge, Santa-Fe’s premier craft cocktail bar.

    El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa, TaosEl Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa, Taos – 3 nights Stay at Northern New Mexico’s most exclusive luxury resort. Enjoy room décor that skillfully blends elegance and rusticity and that highlight views of the lush gardens and mountains beyond. Additional room amenities include private balcony, gas fireplace and separate soaking tub. Indulge yourself at the resort’s award-winning spa and world-class rejuvenation center. The resort features the dramatic Anaconda Bar for casual food and drink and the award-winning De La Tierra Restaurant for fine dining of fresh regional cuisine.

    2019 Dates

    September 29-October 4 | October 13-18

    2019 Prices

    $3,190 per person, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $790

    2020 Dates

    May 17-22 | June 21-26 | August 9-14 | Sept 13-18 | Sept 27-October 2 | October 11-16

    2020 Prices

    If booked by 11/15/19 - $3,190 per person, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $790

    Trip Length

    6 days, 5 nights

    Start/Finish

    Santa Fe, NM

    Daily Mileage

    Biking: 25-38 (up to 47 & 84 with longer options)
    Walking: 1-6

    Cycling Level

    Moderate. Challenging with longer distance options. Note: Non-cycling guests are welcome to join the tour and may ride in the van for the two cycling portions. All guests will be able to see the same sights.

    Walking Level

    Easy. Moderate in some sections or with longer distance options.

    Cycling Terrain

    Flat to rolling. Some climbs with longer distance options. Paved roads.

    Walking Terrain

    Flat plus moderate uphills and downhills, mostly gradual. Well-packed trails and paths.

    What’s Included:
    • 5 nights accommodations
    • 4 dinners
    • 4 lunches
    • 5 breakfasts
    • Daily snacks and drinks
    • Admissions to the sites & activities per the itinerary
    • Bike and gear rentals
    • Dedicated guides throughout
    • Vehicle support
    • Luggage transfer
    • Tax and gratuities for meals and side excursions
    Frequent Adventurers, GFA alumni, may deduct 5% from the tour price. Please Contact Us for youth and group rates. Custom dates and duration are available for groups of six or more. Please Contact Us for detailed itinerary and arrival and departure information.

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